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Symbolic Power in Development Politics: Can “Fragile States” Fight with Numbers?

Symbolic Power in Development Politics: Can “Fragile States” Fight with Numbers? Global Governance 23 (2017), 43–55 Symbolic Power in Development Politics: Can “Fragile States” Fight with Numbers? Isabel Rocha de Siqueira The fragile states agenda has recently converged with the so-called culture of measuring for results, creating standards often seen by critics as donor driven. The newly established Sustainable Development Goals now invite a data revolution that can see yet more intense practices of quantification. Nevertheless, this article argues such practices can be widening windows of opportunity for change. It looks at the g7+ group of self-labeled frag- ile states and its tools for self-measurement. These tools closely resemble mainstream quantification, but also bring key contributions. In fact, direct opposition on the part of fragile states is perhaps as possible as it once was for the so-called Third World; on the other hand, the article suggests sub- tle power can perhaps be countered by subtle change. Keywords: g7+, fragile states, quantification. IN TIMES WHEN ONE CAN EASILY ACCESS A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DATA PRODUCED over decades by the World Bank via a free app, when software that automat- ically analyzes a huge amount of statistical data is offered to fragile states of- fices that lack “human capacity,” when geocoded mapping http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Symbolic Power in Development Politics: Can “Fragile States” Fight with Numbers?

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-02301005
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Abstract

Global Governance 23 (2017), 43–55 Symbolic Power in Development Politics: Can “Fragile States” Fight with Numbers? Isabel Rocha de Siqueira The fragile states agenda has recently converged with the so-called culture of measuring for results, creating standards often seen by critics as donor driven. The newly established Sustainable Development Goals now invite a data revolution that can see yet more intense practices of quantification. Nevertheless, this article argues such practices can be widening windows of opportunity for change. It looks at the g7+ group of self-labeled frag- ile states and its tools for self-measurement. These tools closely resemble mainstream quantification, but also bring key contributions. In fact, direct opposition on the part of fragile states is perhaps as possible as it once was for the so-called Third World; on the other hand, the article suggests sub- tle power can perhaps be countered by subtle change. Keywords: g7+, fragile states, quantification. IN TIMES WHEN ONE CAN EASILY ACCESS A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DATA PRODUCED over decades by the World Bank via a free app, when software that automat- ically analyzes a huge amount of statistical data is offered to fragile states of- fices that lack “human capacity,” when geocoded mapping

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2017

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